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Executive with Brownback ties to run for Congress in Kansas

A Kansas corporate executive with political ties to former Republican Governor Sam Brownback has launched a campaign to challenge freshman Democratic Representative Sharice Davids.

Amanda Adkins filed paperwork last week with the Federal Election Commission creating a campaign committee for a run for the GOP nomination in the Kansas City-area 3rd Congressional District.

Her move sets up a contested GOP primary for the right to challenge Davids.  Former National Down Syndrome Society CEO Sarah Hart Weir opened her campaign in July.

Adkins is a vice president for the medical computer systems firm Cerner Corp.

She managed Brownback’s successful U.S. Senate re-election campaign in 2004 and was Kansas Republican Party chairwoman when Brownback was elected governor in 2010.

She then served as the Kansas Children’s Cabinet’s chairwoman for seven years.

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